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Unformatted text preview: o Olive oil and olives were main part of their diet o To see at night olive oil was used like candles o Main way to clean yourself was olive oil o Athena is a goddess of culture, gives us all these things • Erechtheus and the Myth of Autochthony o Ethestus is chasing Athena and ejaculates onto the earth to make Erectheus born, born from the earth o Autochthony: people all born from the same area [i.e. the earth] o House of Erechtheus on Acropolis: wooden statue of Athena w/in gets worshipped • The contest between Athena and Poseidon o Contest over who would be the chief diety of Athens o Poseidon puts salt water spring in middle of nowhere Floods the plains of Athens with salt water, so cult is formed to worship him in order to stop the destruction o Athena springs up olive tree o Made it look like Athena was there from the beginning o Catch: all olives must be put in salt water in order to become edible...
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- Spring '08
- Athena type Aegis, woman Athena promakhos, powerful Athena